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Gumböle Golf GG

Gumböle Golf GG (Gumbölentie 20, Espoo) – located 25 minutes northwest of downtown Helsinki (via Route 1), Golf Digest magazine rated this course as being one of the top 5 courses in Finland.  Along with the course, there’s also a pro shop, a restaurant, a private meeting room, saunas, golf simulator, as well as a gym.  For more info, go to its website:  www.gumbolegolf.fi

 

Serena Water Park

Serena Water Park (Tornimäentie 10, Espoo) – this is a great place for the entire family to enjoy the tropical warmth year-round — with terraced pools, massaging whirlpools, waterslides and a unique sauna section carved from the bedrock.  There’s also the Black Hole pipeslide — featuring sound and light effects.  Outdoors, there are carpet slides, rapids, a “Salt Sea”, pipeslides and liana tower.  Admission:  €24.50 per person, €94 (for a family of 2 adults and 2 children), €20 (evening only).  Open daily during the Summer; during the rest of the year, its opened on weekends and school breaks.

In addition, during the winter, there’s a ski resort nearby.  Admission prices range from €19 (adults)/ €16 (for seniors and children under 12) – for one hour, to €29 (adults)/
€26 (for seniors and children under 12) – all day.  Those without gear can rent out skiis, goggles, poles and helmets.  See Serena’s website for details:  www.serena.fi

 

Sea Life Helsinki

Sea Life Helsinki – this facility has an array of underwater sea life, ranging from sharks, to piranhas, sea horses, octopuses, clownfish, turtles, and other sea creatures.  Admission:  €16 (adult 15 year or older), €11 (children 3-14), free for children under 3 years.  Hours vary.  See Sea Life’s website for an updated schedule and other details:  www.visitsealife.com/helsinki/en/

Saunas at Rastila

Saunas at Rastila (Karavaanikatu 4, Helsinki) –saunas are a deeply ingrained part of Finnish culture, so it’s no surprise that such facilities can be found throughout Helsinki.  Rastila Camping Helsinki (located in the outer reaches of the city — just 17 minutes away from downtown) has three cozy saunas that can be rented:  two small family saunas and a larger seaside sauna with fireplace inside and a barbecue place outside. All saunas are in use all year round.  Beach sauna and family sauna II are located near the sea, possibility to swim all year round.  See Rastila’s website for info on booking a sauna visit:  www.rastilacamping.fi

Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace)

Presidentinlinna (President’s Palace) (Pohjoisespl. 1, Keskusta/Kauppatori, Helsinki) – since Finland is a young country (having gotten its independence from Russia in 1917), this building was originally a salt storehouse when it was built during the early 19th century.  It became a palace in 1845 (where members of Russia’s royal family later resided).  The Russian Czar himself stayed there during his visits to Helsinki during the mid to late 1800s.  After Finnish independence, it became the Presidential Palace – containing the Office of the President of the Republic and the premises used by the President for official functions and receptions. These include the annual Independence Day (6 December) reception and various other high-level festive functions, in addition to meetings and consultations. The Palace has nearly 3,000 square meters of floor space.

 

For the time being, tours are not possible, since portions of the Palace are going through repairs.  Tourists can check the President’s website for an update on its status:  http://www.president.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=44831